Peter Oba, coming from the National Agricultural Research
Organization (NARO), Uganda, started to build capacities in our lab
under the Borlaug Fellowship Program: "Brucellosis Strategies and
Coping Methods in Uganda”. Welcome Peter to our lab!
The review article:"Human brucellosis and adverse pregnancy
outcomes" was approved for publication and its "Hot Topic" with 161
downloads in one month! Congratulations Dr. Arenas on leading this
process, definitely an important contribution in this area! Click
here to access this publication.
Was a pleasure having Juana Liz Vidal, MSc student from
Universidad de Antioquia, in our lab. It was a very short visit but
very intense and productive. Juana got trained in cell culture and
other techniques and performed in-vitro killing assays to
investigate host-pathogen interaction. This activity enhanced
the research collaboration between Universidad de Antioquia and our
research group. Thank you Juana for your visit and good luck with
The manuscript: "Reticulo-ruminal milk accumulation (ruminal
drinking) in five pre-ruminant white-tailed deer (WTD;
Odocoileus virginianus) in Texas", was approved for
publication. Our PhD student Shakirat Adetunji is the first author
on this article! Cheers!
Welcome to our summer internships coming from University of
Georgia (Katherine Anne Franc) and University of
Lincoln (Dr. Tumen Wuliji and Mikel Thompson)! They
are supported by the IAAD Veterinary Student Internship Program and
the Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions,
respectively. We are very glad to have you here and we will
enjoy exchanging experiences with you!!
From the bench to the shop!
An exciting, interdisciplinary and unique training program
entitled : "From the bench to the shop: Transitioning High
Consequence Livestock Disease Research and Development Technologies
for Commercialization", has been recently approved and
sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science
and Technology Directorate. This important educational
program offers the opportunity to earn a training certificate in
Scientific Business Development and Management with emphasis in
transboundary animal diseases (TADs). For more information
please visit our specific website or flyer
Great news! our Formula Animal Health research proposal:
"Efficacy studies of a brucellosis vaccine for domestic and
feral swine" was selected for funding. Now we can continue
toward the development of a vaccine brucellosis in pigs! Thanks to
our partners in Colorado State University (Dr. Bowen and team) to
be part of this important proposal!
The manuscript: "The case for live attenuated vaccines
against neglected zoonotic bacterial diseases". in which Dr.
Angela Arenas is Co-author, has been accepted for publication in
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Congratulations to Dr. Aseem
Pandey for his publication.
Dr. Isaac Mengele received his certificate of completion after a
great presentation of his work! Congratulations to him! We will
keep working together developing collaborative research efforts
focused on the control and prevention of brucellosis and other
We have officially began our project to test the safety and
efficacy of a vaccine candidate in goats. Work will be conducted at
the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria - INTA in
Argentina. Dr. Carlos Rossetti, a brucellosis expert, and
his team members, will be key players in this success. We look
forward for a productive and long-lasting collaboration. In the
photo: Dr. Winston Morris, Bioq. Mariana Dunleavy, Lic. Flavia
Hasenauer, Dr. Estefania Maurizio, Dr. Carlos Rossetti, Dr. Angela
Arenas and Dr. Lucas Vagnoni
Its our pleasure to have Dr. Isaac Mengele coming
from Tanzania in our lab as part of the professional exchange
training program, Borlaug Fellowship. Welcome Dr. Mengele! it will
be great sharing knowledge and experiences with
We just submitted a manuscript entitled: "Brucellosis
seroprevalence and risk factors for abortion in dromedary camels in
a pastoral area of Borana, Ethiopia" to the Journal of
Infection in Developing Countries - JIDC. Great inter-institutional
effort with our partners in Ethiopia to get this done!
Our student worker, Lance Wheeler has officially
started Vet school, congratulations to him and we wish him the very
On August 2015 the Canine Health Foundation awarded us the
grant: "Development of a brucellosis vaccine for dogs"
an important project that will help us to step forward in the
development of this vaccine and contribute to companion animal
health, part of our mission!
This year our PI received the "Outstanding Young Faculty
Award" in recognition of her outstanding record of extramural
funding and high-impact research publications.
Congratulations to her and all the team!
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